Welcome to Newsletter 16!
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In our newsletter you will be introduced to a STEM topic and find a related-activity to work on during the week (please share your results with us!), as well as extensions to additional learning or games related to the field. In addition, you will find a Northeastern connection – something Northeastern is doing related to that field. This week’s topic: General Chemistry. For a list of prior blog posts, see the blog index.
Video games are fun – but can also be educational (and memorable). In fact, my very first (and fond) memories of video games are all educational games: Math Blaster! (1986), Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego (1989), Treasure Mountain (1990), Oregon Trail (1992), and Amazon Trail (1993).
However, actually making a fun and scientifically accurate educational video game is actually quite tricky – as explained by Tim Wicksteed, the designer of Big Pharma (game). This week we’re looking at Chemistry, so here are some chemistry video games for students/teachers to explore. In addition, Science Game Center also has a vast (easily searchable) collection of science-focused educational games – take a look!
Web Resources for K-12 Students and Parents
In addition to the resource highlight above, which is tied directly to the Newsletter topic, we will also highlight two new web resources each week.
- I am a Scientist
“Scientists don’t fit a mold — the stories we tell about them shouldn’t either.” This website has “scientist-of-the-month toolkits for teachers, parents/guardians, and informal educators to easily share these stories with their students.”
- Go Science Girls
Go Science Girls is a blog about science experiments and hands-on activities for very young students, ages 1-9. My personal favorite posts are food-related (writing this at lunch time might be influencing my thoughts): 20 Fun Science Experiments with Eggs and Edible Glass.